It is also called the Polish Owczarek Nizinny in its native Poland and is believed to have evolved from ancient, corded herding dogs from the Hungarian plains. Other breeds in its bloodline include the Scottish Bearded Collie, Dutch Schapendoes, Tibetan Terrier and Lhasa Apso. The breed has a height range of 16 to 20 inches and weighs from 30 to 35 pounds. A fairly hardy and medium-sized breed, it has a moderately broad and slightly domed head. The ears are drop, heart-shaped and set moderately high. Its eyes are either hazel or brown, the nose is dark and the tail is either docked short or kept as a natural bobtail. It has well-muscled and broad loins and thighs. Its coat is long, wire-haired with a soft under-layer. Common colours are white with gray or black and plain gray, although all types of colours are permitted.
More popularly kept as a household companion, the Polish Lowland Sheepdog is also an excellent herder. Its other talents include obedience, tracking agility and used for therapy. They are obedient, intelligent, affectionate and have a good memory. They are somewhat reserved with strangers and will bark when alerted to their presence in the house. They are fairly easy to train and are dependable. They are animated and happy but can bite if provoked. They may also nip at people’s heels to show their herding behavior. They are at their happiest when given a task to do and needs an owner who can demonstrate a calm but firm authority over the dog. It can live for about 12 to 15 years.